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Governor William Pitkin School

Public | K-6 | 361 students

 
 

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Posted January 14, 2014

Pitkin is a great school. The staff is friendly and always goes above and beyond. My children have excelled so much in this school. The students in the school have great pride and are very respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

My school is a great school because the teachers are caring and communicate with their parents regularly. The principal is visible and knows every student by name. She knows her students well and my child loves to see her in his classroom. She is always has a smile on her face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

Pitkin is suppose to be one of the better K-6 schools in town but CMT scores are dropping. Classes are crowded, normal class size was 17 kids per teacher but than number has increased. There is no advanced placement testing. The PTA Board is a click and unwelcoming. They run events like Dictators and still wonder why they get no new parents/volunteers. They increased the PTA fee, under the guise of generating new members but it was used to give "kick-backs" to the parents of members for school trips. This is the only school in town that I know of that no longer subsidies one field trip for every student. The Principal is new and nice, but very politically correct. So that means, knowing the issues with the PTA she is unwilling to step in and voice her opinion. The office staff is nice, but new so expect errors with messages/communication. Most teachers are nice, some need to retire. The tone and words that some of the teachers use to speak to children can be harsh and belittling. And despite some efforts bullying exists.


Posted March 10, 2011

The teachers are wonderful, and my kids love them. I'm impressed with the level of development my kids have achieved since they started attending this school. However on Thursday 3/10/11, I was at work planning spring vacation for my kids and called the school to enquire the dates the kids would be off. I was greeted by this lady with the most sarcastic tone of voice, telling me that its posted on the school's website, and on the yellow paper calender that was sent home with the kids. If that's the tone of voice she has with a parent, I can only imagine how she may interact with the kids at school. She knew nothing of the circumstances why I had to call instead of visiting the web site or looking at the calender that was sent home. I'm glad she pointed out the web site, for in searching for it, I found this avenue in which I can vent my disgust with what transpired. I hope someone enquire who she is, and ban her from answering the phone until she's properly trained. It's not always what you say, but how you say it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

My son's teacher is great. She works with him every day to learn and understand the school's rule about being safe, being respectful and responsible. While we are still new to the school, and are still working on adjustment issues, I feel better knowing that his teacher is there for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

I think this is great becuse i go their and not just becuse i go their its because the school has school spirt and we follow the rules like be safe , be responsible and , be respectful in the school so they should not just have it at Pitkin school they should it every wear for kids at our age should know how to act
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2008

This school helped me overcome my reading problems and my lack in spelling. I loved the art teachers and music teaches at his school and it was through their guidance that I now an going for a film degree in college. I will say that this school will work with you if you think positive and not seek to blame them for your child's issues or lack in education. From my experience, those children with active parents did better than those who didn't in this school. At times this school and all the others in town have suffered from the issues with the town board and administration, but the staff do care about their students and always fought to correct any ills caused by town politics in the board of ed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2008

The school is not prepared or properly funded to deal with anything out of the ordinary. I'm moving to get my child help with her reading. They simply don't have the resources if your child needs extra help, it's like pulling teeth trying to get things done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2008

I honestly cannot say enough about the staff at the school. The people there truly care about my childrens education, but as important is how much they care about each child. My son has had some difficulty both physically and mentally this year and they have worked with us with incredible dedication towards finding the best solutions and accomodations possible. The sense of community and care are wonderful at Pitkin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

Last year my 6 year old special needs son had many difficulties and I had a hard time getting him the help that he needed. After many In School Suspensions, being sent home and numerous phone calls this year my son is doing awesome. He now has a Para that works very well with him and he is getting the help he needs. They have a new school psychologist who I can call anytime and the principal is also more understanding of a speical needs kid. He has come a long way and is always showing improvements so I would recommend Pitkin School to others.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female72%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%

Writing

All Students65%
Female81%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Reading

All Students84%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Writing

All Students91%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
Femalen/a
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Reading

All Students80%
Femalen/a
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students68%
Femalen/a
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Writing

All Students93%
Femalen/a
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 30% 13%
Hispanic 29% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 4%
White 18% 61%
Two or more races 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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East Hartford, CT 06118
Phone: (860) 622-5481

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